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H.O.P.E. Program

The Helping Overcome Personal Emergencies Program at Highland Community College provides assistance to students dealing with unexpected financial emergencies. H.O.P.E. was created to help students stay in college and meet their educational goals


To be considered for the program,

  • Full or part-time HCC student HCC (minimum 6 credit hours in the fall/spring semester or 3 credit hours in the summer semester)
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Document extreme or personal emergency

Eligible expenses include: utilities, housing/rent, food, medical/dental, licensed childcare, transportation and personal automobile expenses.

Application Process

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Attach or submit in person supporting documents within 48 hours of application submission
  3. Check HCC email for grant updates

For more information on H.O.P.E. or the application process click here or contact

If you are a donor who is interested in giving to the hope program, please contact the Highland Community College Foundation office at 815-599-3408.

Food Pantry

The Highland Community College Food Pantry is located on the second floor of the Marvin-Burt Liberal Arts Center (M) in room M-221. All students and staff are welcome to use the pantry as needed during the hours of 1-3 p.m. every Tuesday, excluding holidays.

The pantry has a wide variety of food items including canned vegetables and fruit, pasta, rice, and snacks. Students and staff can also choose from an assortment of hygiene products including shampoo, body wash, toothbrushes, and toothpaste. Items availability depends on donations.

For more information email

Highland Campus

2998 W. Pearl City Rd. Freeport, IL 61032


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